Reflections (Page 2)

Becoming a Deacon is a steep, challenging learning journey

By GARRY CULLEN

This is the first time I have written a blog entry, so, readers, please forgive me as I am no doubt a novice. As most of you will know, I have recently completed my first year at St John’s seminary in Wonersh as part of my journey to become a Deacon, which – God willing – will see me ordained in 2018. So what have I learnt thus far?

The Eucharist: God’s Body Language

By Fr TOM McHUGH

Daily we use body language to communicate. Friends and family often meet or part with a kiss or a hug. Others hold hands as they walk or wave to someone they know on the other side of the street. A handshake we use regularly in our culture.So when Jesus wishes to express his abiding love for us, he chooses to be with us in the form of Bread and Wine –His Body and Blood –‘His risen body language’.

Time to engage and reflect on the images of the Year of Mercy

By Fr SAJU PINAKKATTU 

Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Holy Year of Mercy began on 08th of December 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It will close on 20th of November 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. The motto of the Year of Mercy is “Merciful Like the Father”.

Marriage is one of the best schools on earth

By EDMUND ADAMUSDirector, Office of Marriage and Family Life – Diocese of Westminster

You may or may not have noticed that this has been Marriage Week. And the internet has been awash with a plethora of ideas to boost one’s marriage and the marriages of others. Bravo to the US Bishops in particular for their innovative “What have you done for your marriage?” quiz and other digital ideas.

Be thankful for the true significant people in our lives

By EDMUND ADAMUS, Director, Office of Marriage and Family Life – Diocese of Westminster

The other day I came across a rather witty set of questions entitled “The Charles Schulz Philosophy”, written by the creator of character Charlie Brown and the Peanuts comic strip. I am paraphrasing them here below and somewhat Anglicising them, but if you’ve never seen them before, read them through, answering them in your mind.